Junior punter and kicker was a semifinalist for the award in 2015
Gophers posted some impressive feats last season in TCF Bank Stadium that cracked the record books
Jonah Pirsig, Brandon Lingen, Shannon Brooks, Damarius Travis, Jack Lynn and Ryan Santoso named preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon
Gophers return kicker Ryan Santoso and long snapper Payton Jordahl, but must replace punter Peter Mortell
Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom
The Golden Gophers rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Purdue.
The latest episode of Brick by Brick takes you behind the scenes in Michigan.
Minnesota defeated Michigan, 30-14, to claim the Little Brown Jug.
Football in the Spring
PUNTING CAREER (2016-): Has punted 71 times and averages 40.4 yards • has placed 25 punts inside the 20 • career long of 60 yards came at Maryland.
KICKING CAREER (2014-15): Made 29-of-39 field goals • career-long field goal of 52 yards came against Purdue on Oct. 18, 2014, with 4:59 left in the game and lifted Minnesota to a 39-38 home win • converted 76-of-77 point-after attempts • scored 163 points (29 FGs and 76 PATs) • kicked off 128 times and recorded 64 touchbacks.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Punted six times against Oregon State and averaged 41.2 yards while placing four punts inside the 20 • punted one time for 46 yards (placed inside the 20 and not returned) against Indiana State • averaged 45 yards on four punts against Colorado State • punted six times and averaged 39.8 yards at Penn State • punted nine times against Iowa and averaged 42.9 yards while also connecting on a career best 55-yard punt • connected on a career long 60-yard punt at Maryland • averaged 41.4 yards on seven punts at Maryland and played three inside the 20 • punted three times against Rutgers and placed two inside the 20, while averaging 36.0 yards • placed four of eight punts inside the 20 and connected on a 54-yarder at Illinois • averaged 42.0 yards on eight punts against Purdue • punted five times and averaged 44.2 yards at Nebraska • averaged 40.3 yards on six punts against Northwestern • punted seven times at Wisconsin and averaged 41.3 yards.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and served as team's primary kicker and kickoff specialist • drilled 17-of-21 field goal attempts, including seven field goals over 40 yards • field goal percentage of .810 was second-highest in Big Ten • was a perfect 10-for-10 inside 40 yards • made all 32 point-after tries • led team in scoring with 82 points • tallied 58 kickoffs and had 27 touchbacks • named Lou Groza Award semifinalist (nation's top kicker) • named All-Big Ten Third Team by the conference media and honorable mention by the media • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Connected on a 42-yard field goal and converted both of his point-after attempts against TCU • made three field goals, including the game-winner in overtime and a 50-yard attempt, at Colorado State • named a Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award "Star of the Week" for his performance at Colorado State • drilled a 42-yard field goal and hit his lone extra point attempt versus Kent State • netted two field goals, including a 49-yard attempt, and recorded three touchbacks against Ohio • kicked off for 65 yards at Northwestern • made two field goals and tallied four touchbacks at Purdue • connected on a 39-yard field goal attempt and made three extra point tries versus Nebraska • drilled all four field goal attempts, including a 47-yard try, and tallied five touchbacks against Michigan • hit both extra-point attempts and recorded a touchback at Ohio State • made all five extra-point attempts and drilled three touchbacks at Iowa • netted a 46-yard field goal and went 3-for-3 on extra point tries versus Illinois • converted three extra-point attempts and recorded two touchbacks against Wisconsin • connected on two field goal attempts (42 and 22 yards) and drilled a pair of touchbacks versus Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games and served as the team's primary kicker • made 12-of-18 field goals, which included a career-long 52-yard attempt • converted 45-of-46 point-after attempts • led team in scoring with 81 points • kicked off 70 times and notched 38 touchbacks • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Converted all six of his point-after attempts as he made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois • made all five of his point-after attempts against Middle Tennessee • made his only point-after attempt at TCU • connected on a 38-yard field-goal attempt (his first made career field goal) against San Jose State • kicked three field goals, including a 48-yard attempt, at Michigan • named a Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award "Star of the Week" for his performance at Michigan • made a 25-yard field goal against Northwestern • kicked three-point after attempts and connected on two field goals, which included a career-long, 52-yard field goal against Purdue • earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week accolades after the game-winning field goal vs. Purdue • made three point-after attempts and a 44-yard field goal at Illinois • made six point-after attempts and a 35-yard field goal against Iowa • made his first career tackle and converted three point-after attempts and connected on a 34-yard field goal against Ohio State • kicked four point-after attempts at Nebraska • made a 37-yard field goal and three point-after attempts at Wisconsin • connected on two point-after attempts and made a 38-yard field goal against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Pace High School and helped lead the team to a 7-4 record as a senior • connected on 14 of 17 field goals with his longest being 42 yards • was 29-for-29 in PATs • recorded 71 points • kicked off 48 times, recording 46 touchbakcs • averaged 39.26 yards on 35 punts • coached by Mickey Lindsey • ESPN ranked him as the seventh-best kicker in the nation and the 129th-best player in Florida • Rivals listed him as a two-star recruit and the 15th-best kicker in the nation • won the National Scholarship Camp's kick off competition by beating out more than 400 competitors • beat Harrison Butker (now at Georgia Tech) in the final round sudden death field goal contest for the last spot in the recent Under Armour All-American game (connected on a 45-yard field goal in game).
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 26, 1995 • son of Lori and Riyanto (Yudhie) Santoso • has two siblings.
Three Gophers To Play In January Showcase Games
Hendrick Ekpe, Mitch Leidner and Jonah Pirsig have accepted invitations to play in post-collegiate games in January.
Carpenter, Richardson Recognized by AP
The Associated Press named its All-Big Ten on Monday with Emmit Carpenter earning first team honors and Steven Richardson being named second team.
Gophers Headed To Holiday Bowl
Minnesota will play Washington State in the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, in San Diego, Calif. The 6 p.m. CT game will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and broadcast on ESPN.